Hobby Lobby began operation on August 3, 1972, with six hundred square feet of retail space located in north Oklahoma City. This was a retail outgrowth of Greco Products, a miniature picture frame company founded in 1970 by David Green when he borrowed $600.00 to buy a molding chopper, set up shop in his garage at home, and started making miniature wooden picture frames.
David Green earned his credentials in the retail business through many years of employment with various retail chains, thirteen of which were spent with T.G.&Y stores, where he served as Store Manager and Area Supervisor. His modest beginning, now called Hobby Lobby, totaled more than 4.5 billion in 2017. Hobby Lobby is the largest privately-owned arts and crafts retailer in the world. David remains chairman of the affiliate companies, the CEO of Hobby Lobby and a buyer of merchandise.
David is the author of two books, more than a Hobby, and his most recent book Giving it All Away… And Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously. This book shares some of Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court battle involving the Affordable Care Act but the larger story of family legacy and the power of generosity.
David & his wife Barbara are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter. They are actively involved at their church as well as many other Christian ministries and charities. Currently David serves on the Board of Reference for Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2013, he was honored by receiving the World Changer award, and is also a past Ernst & Young national retail/consumer Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient, (and lifetime member of the The Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame, which is part of the Entrepreneur of the Year Academy). Green is also dedicated to a myriad of ministry projects. Cites Green, “We believe it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured. He has been faithful in the past, we trust Him for our future”.